The enemy fears you to be around other people who will encourage you in your walk with God…where your faith and strength will grow in Him. Satan and his minions are very cunning. They will try to mask the spiritual warfare with the fight against flesh…and divide us against each other.
Last week I got in a disagreement with a person…Sitting in the corner of my room, racking my brain as to what I did wrong and how did this touchy verbal battle began…trying to point out what the offender did wrong and the offender not knowing why. We did not understand each other…until now, when I put pen to paper and asked God to help me work it out. You see, it wasn’t a battle against each other but what the enemy has devised before the disagreement began. The enemy was working on tender points of my past and instead of reminding him of my forgiveness, I wallowed in “self.” I focused on the wrongs of myself instead of God and His forgiveness. I can only imagine how the enemy touched my offender’s mind and heart.
Put on the full armor of God today (Eph. 6) and ask God to reveal to you the war raging behind what we think is a fleshly battle…
“For we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces in heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12
In Valleys, In Hills, In Glorious Mountains
By: Nicole K.
The battles you are fighting are never small
For you must practice climbing hills before mountains so tall
From far away the high cliffs look scary and steep
But as you take the first step, you realize you are no longer weak
Now, it seems more possible to accomplish what you once desired
Facing your fear; walking away from the eternal fire
Strengthen your legs as you follow Him
By starting in the valley and hills that lead to the mountain
Do not feel the failure when you trip and fall
For the One who is with you can and will heal all
The high cliffs are just the beginning of earth’s end
There is yet a greater journey just around the bend
Where sorrow and tears will flow no more
As we stand in front of heaven’s open doors
So, let us start this adventure that is ahead
And follow the One who died for us and freely bled
Running with endurance reminds me of driving a car…I scan the road ahead to see if any objects get in my way (looking for stumbling blocks in my life), glance in the rear-view mirror (my past-which should not be dwelled upon but rather glanced at to remember from where I’ve come), and focus on my end goal. I do not see the whole journey ahead of me…there will be twists, bumps, and possibly crashes (which seems to put a stop in the journey-but instead, strengthens you for the rough roads ahead)…I do not have time to dwell on these things, for there is a greater calling to get back on this road again and finish what was started.
I have recently been stuck in the web of thoughts on what I should do in my life. My “car” began to stall and instead of going anywhere, I wasted time on what I imagined I could do instead of doing it. Have you ever had those days? Where you think that you could do something better in life but forget what you could do in a day with what you have? Hmmm…